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Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003



Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003

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Written Submissions Parks & Wildlife Commission NT Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 7 Madam CHAIR: And then possibly the report back mechanism to this committee. Dr LAWSON: Yes. Madam CHAIR: Which picks up that issue of clout I guess. Dr LAWSON: It certainly does, I think what were talking about here is an attention concentration really more than anything else. Weve known about cane toads now for a number of years but weve been trying to do our little bits and pieces but as John said, at the moment its very fragmented. A lot of its got to do with personalities. This thing is too big to be you know influenced by personality, it should be that way, so I think that you know, I certainly would have no problem with this group making recommendations and really coming down saying, right, now youll co-ordinate, this is a priority provided everybody else understood that that was the way it was and we could almost co-opt people into this sort of approach. It might be difficult with some of our interstate colleagues, particularly some of the researchers who are an interesting bunch of people to try and get to grips with sometimes. They are very strong personalities and they have very strong views. Dr WOINARSKI: But in this case, I think with cane toads, apart from self interest, theres not the complication and different sectoral interest, I mean we all dont really like cane toads and we all want to minimise their impact on biodiversity, its not something like feral cattle or buffalo or ..pasture grasses. Its something we basically, we all should be struggling towards the same goals, so you would think it would be easier to co-ordinate and collaborate without that vested interest. Mr BONSON: Just one thing, just touching on that idea of you know, research in Queensland, getting access to that and that being in communication and opening up that network that maybe hasnt been done properly in the past. Also theres the other side of the continent as well, Western Australia. Obviously theyd, weve had evidence to date that theyve been very interested in things like donkeys and foxes and you know looking at how to deal with that and maybe bringing them on board as well. Saying you know, weve got this big area called the Kimberley, maybe theres access to resources and skills and etc that would obviously be something we could bring into this umbrella group that were talking about? Dr LAWSON: Like I said Mathew, I think that if you can find out where people with the practical knowledge and the skills are based, it doesnt really matter where they are, certainly Western Australia would, you would imagine would have a

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